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Pathways: Information Literacy Integration into the Hunter College Common Core

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Pathways Required Core

English Composition

English Composition
Pathways Required Core

A course in this area must meet all of the following learning outcomes. A student will:

· Read and listen critically and analytically, including identifying an argument’s
major assumptions and assertions and evaluating its supporting evidence.
· Write clearly and coherently in varied, academic formats (such as formal
essays, research papers, and reports) using standard English and appropriate
technology to critique and improve one’s own and others’ texts.
· Demonstrate research skills using appropriate technology, including
gathering, evaluating, and synthesizing primary and secondary sources.
· Support a thesis with well-reasoned arguments, and communicate
persuasively across a variety of contexts, purposes, audiences, and media.
· Formulate original ideas and relate them to the ideas of others by employing the conventions of ethical attribution and citation.














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Mathematical & Quantitative Reasoning
Pathways Required Core


A course in this area must meet all of the following learning outcomes. A student will:

· Interpret and draw appropriate inferences from quantitative representations, such as formulas, graphs, or tables.
· Use algebraic, numerical, graphical, or statistical methods to draw accurate conclusions and solve mathematical problems.
· Represent quantitative problems expressed in natural language in a suitable mathematical format.
· Effectively communicate quantitative analysis or solutions to mathematical problems in written or oral form.
· Evaluate solutions to problems for reasonableness using a variety of means, including informed estimation.
· Apply mathematical methods to problems in other fields of study.

It is anticipated that all courses within Stage 1B will articulate to this category. Three credits MATH 125, MATH 150, and MATH 155 will be used to satisfy the requirement.  MATH 125,  MATH 150 and MATH 155 are required for several majors and thus are part of the STEM variant and can exceed the 3credit/3hour requirement.

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Physical & Life Sciences
Pathways Required Core


A course in this area must meet all of the following learning outcomes. A student will:

· Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of a life or physical
science.
· Apply the scientific method to explore natural phenomena, including
hypothesis development, observation, experimentation, measurement, data
analysis, and data presentation.
· Use the tools of a scientific discipline to carry out collaborative laboratory2
investigations.
· Gather, analyze, and interpret data and present it in an effective written
laboratory or fieldwork report.
· Identify and apply research ethics and unbiased assessment in gathering and
reporting scientific data.

This category roughly articulates to the lab science requirement of Stage 2E. However, courses in this category be 3 credits, meet for only 3 hours and must meet the learning objectives of the category. Courses can also be co-requisite with courses in Scientific World. Courses with more than 3 credits that are required for STEM majors can be included (the so-called STEM Variant). Many courses meet the STEM variant and are ANTHP 101, 102; BIOL 100, 102, 125, 150, 160, CHEM 102, 104, 105, 106, 111, 112, 120, 121, PGEOG 130, PHYS 110, 111, 120, 121. However, the college must offer enough 3cr/3hr courses for non-STEM majors before the STEM variant can be activated. The following courses will be offered and are expected to provide sufficient seats for non-science majors:
a. 3cr/3hr – linked to Scientific World: ASTRO; GEOL 101
b. 3cr – not linked to Scientific World: CHEM 101, Human Biology (ANTHP), Digital Earth (PGEOG)

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Information Literacy Integration

English Composition: Information Literacy Integration

English Composition
Information Literacy Integration


English 120: The Libraries' instructional program works collaboratively with the English 120 program (its coordinator and individual instructors) to build student knowledge of information literacy and research methods by:

1. teaching lab-based research sessions focused on finding and evaluating various types of information sources (primary, secondary, scholarly, popular, media) and using them effectively and responsibly

2. creating Web-based resource guides (LibGuides) for the English 120 Instructors Community (Information Literacy Commons) and for the students in individual English 120 sections.

3. integrating the VOILA! information literacy tutorial and assessment into English 120 Bb sites

4. providing students individual research consultations

5. scheduling bibliographic management workshops

English 120/Library 100: The Libraries' instructional program offers several sections of Library 100 Information Research; some are partially online; in Fall 2012, one section will be a pilot for a completely online course. Library 100 is also offering a co-requisite course with one section of English 120 and assessing it with plans to expand the number of block co-requisite courses in Fall 2012.

English 220: The Libraries' liaison to the English Department is working with the English 220 program to develop the first in a set of W designated courses in reading and writing about literary texts by:

1. building a common set of teaching resources (LibGuide English 220, in progress)

2. scheduling student workshops and individual research consultations

Academic Integrity: tutorials on citation, plagiarism and ethical uses of information sources are accessible to faculty and students on the Libraries' Information Literacy Commons site; the Libraries are working with Student Services to develop a Hunter College Academic Integrity tutorial and assessment that may include a plagiarism poll.

Reading/Writing Center: Peer tutors are now onsite at certain hours at the Wexler and Schools of Social Work and Public Health libraries.

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Mathematical & Quantitative Reasoning
Information Literacy Integration

The outcomes in this category do not include information literacy. However, the library can still provide support in this area through:

1. Library instruction sessions by request of core course faculty

2. LIbGuide module subject guide for Math & Statistics which can certainly be integrated into course curricula to direct students to relevant information resources.

3. Individual research consultations

4. Regularly scheduled bibliographic management workshops

5. Academic Integrity tutorials on citation, plagiarism and ethical uses of information sources which are accessible to faculty and students on the Libraries' Information Literacy Commons site; the Libraries are working with Student Services to develop a Hunter College Academic Integrity tutorial and assessment that may include a plagiarism poll.

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Physical & Life Sciences
Information Literacy Integration


The library provides information literacy curricula for the courses (all 100 level) specified in this area by providing:

1. Library instruction sesslons to students enrolled in Block programs which include 100 level core courses.  These sessions are integrated into the Eng 120 block curricula, and are aligned with the subject areas covered by the core subjects in the block (e.g. Health and Community, Science and the Medical Professions, etc.

2. Library instruction sessions by request of core course faculty

3. LIbGuide module subject guides for Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Environmental Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy which can certainly be integrated into course curricula to direct students to relevant information resources.

4. Individual research consultations

5. Regularly scheduled bibliographic management workshops

6. Academic Integrity tutorials on citation, plagiarism and ethical uses of information sources which are accessible to faculty and students on the Libraries' Information Literacy Commons site; the Libraries are working with Student Services to develop a Hunter College Academic Integrity tutorial and assessment that may include a plagiarism poll.